Heirs to the throne: 5 players dubbed the next Jonah Lomu

With England youngster Joe Cokanasiga being compared to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, who are the other players to be compared to the big man?

1. Julian Savea

In 2010 Savea was touted as ‘the next Jonah Lomu‘. The powerhouse then stormed onto the international stage in 2012 and quickly proved himself as a powerful runner with ball in hand, hense the Lomu comparision, scoring nine tries in his debut season. In 2014 he went up a gear, scoring eight tries in eight Tests at a rate to equal that of the All Blacks’ greatest wingers.

Savea showed his tremendous try-scoring abilities in 2015, scoring eight tries in eight matches, including a stunning treble against France in the RWC 2015 quarterfinal, one of which secured him the International Rugby Players Try of the Year Award. He was also nominated for the International Player of the Year Award in 2015.

In total he scored 46 tries in 54 appearances for the All Blacks before moving to Toulon in 2018.


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